Ruth Mills in the Whatever Gets You Through The Night theatre show. Photo: Stephanie Gibson
A huge thank you to everyone who came to see Whatever Gets You Through The Night, the big, sprawling live show we made last month with our friend Cora Bissett, playwright David Greig, The Arches in Glasgow, and lots of other talented people. We had a lot of fun doing it, got to work with some of our favourite musicians, and at one point Swimmer One became Ricky Ross’s backing band, which was great.
The show was very well received. It sold out completely before its opening night, and got four star reviews in The Guardian, The List, The Scotsman and The Herald, as well as widespread media coverage, including a cover feature in The Skinny.
If you missed the live show, you can still experience Whatever Gets You Through The Night in other forms. Our long-term collaborator Daniel Warren has made a film which will be premiered at Summerhall in Edinburgh on 23 August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. You can buy tickets for the screening now. There will be some live music on the night too. After that we plan to take the film on tour – watch this space for updates.
Whatever Gets You Through The Night also exists as an album, which you can stream or download . There are brand new songs by Withered Hand, Ricky Ross, Emma Pollock, Eugene Kelly, Rachel Sermanni, Swimmer One, Seafieldroad and Laura’s band the Teadance Orchestra. The album is accompanied by a beautiful book featuring all the lyrics from the songs in the show, new writing by David Greig, Kieran Hurley, Alan Bissett, Kirstin Innes and Stef Smith among others, and photos from rehearsals, recording sessions and from Daniel’s film.
Thanks to Creative Scotland for financing the project. Cora is currently in talks with various people in the hope that we can put the live show on again, in the UK or elsewhere.